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වෙබ් අඩවි වාරණයට එරෙහි නඩුව, නැවතත් මැයි 19ට කල් යයි

වෙබ් අඩවි වාරණයට එරෙහිව නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරය ගොණුකර ඇති මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් පෙත්සම අද(29) ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේදී කැඳවූ අවස්ථාවේ නැවතත් ලබන මැයි 19 දිනට යළි කල් තබන බව අධිකරණය දැණුම් දුන්නේ ය.

නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරය වෙනුවෙන් නිතීඥ ජේ. සී. වැලිඅමුණ මහතා ප්‍රමුඛ නීතීඥ මණ්ඩලයක් මෙම මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් නඩුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටී අතර මෙම නඩු විභාගය නිරීක්ෂණය භාෂණයේ හා තොරතුරු දැන ගැනීමේ අයිතිය වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින පුරවැසි කණ්ඩායම් ද අද එහි පැමිණ සිටියේ ය.

FMM challenges ANCL, Editor Dinamina

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FMM challenges ANCL, Editor Dinamina

 

The Free Media Movement (FMM) unequivocally rejects the allegations and insinuations made in the Dinamina headline story on Friday (03 February) as blatant lies, unfounded, unsupported and unsubstantiated. We further believe, the report was published with the malicious intent of undermining independent media, which is fighting for democracy and freedom of expression, and those who stand for it.

 

The fabricated article refers to a conspiracy between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the FMM and claims a delegation of TNA MPs and six members of the FMM have left for Geneva to mobilise agitations against the government and cause embarrassment for Sri Lanka during next month’s sessions of the United National Human Rights Commission.

 

We categorically states that neither the Movement nor the individual members have, in the recent or distant past, had any discussion with the TNA on any matter and rejects with absolute contempt, the allegation that six of its members have left for Geneva. These allegations are pure fabrications concocted in the mind of a sick person.

We challenge the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited and the Editor to Dinamina to prove these absurd allegations, and declare with conviction that we will dissolve the Movement and refrain from all associated activities, should the allegations be proven true.

 

However, notwithstanding our challenge to prove the allegations against us, we wish to state with utmost sincerity that the FFM will not hesitate to join forces with any political party or movement functioning within the democratic parameters, to fight for media freedom. It has been so, and it will remain so. If a need arises for us to appear before any international organization of which Sri Lanka is a member, we will certainly do our duty and represent matters honestly and truthfully.

 

A government controlled media organization such as Lake House, through one of its flagship publications like Dinamina, making unfounded and sinister allegations against a well-meaning and honest organization committed to media freedom is, without a doubt inspired and sponsored by the government. It reminds one of the attacks on the media personnel in the past when falsehood were planted in their publications prior to such attacks.

 

We reiterate our earlier challenge to prove these unfounded allegations. In failing to do so we demand an apology to us, published in the Dinamina, as prominently as the original fabrication.

 

 

 

Sunil Jayasekara                                                                Hana Ibrahim

Convener,                                                                                     Secretary

Free Media Movement[FMM]                                                 Free Media Movement[FMM]

 

07 February 2012

ලේක්හවුස් පාලනාධිකාරියට සහ දිනමිණ කතුවරයාට අභියෝගයක්

[මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි]

ලේක්හවුස් පාලනාධිකාරියට සහ දිනමිණ කතුවරයාට අභියෝගයක්

2012 පෙබරවාරි මස 03 වන දා (සිකුරාදා) නිකුත් වූ දිනමිණ පුවත් පතේ ප්‍රධාන පුවත මගින් නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරය පිළිබඳව නගා ඇති චෝදනා සපුරා ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරමු. මේ ආකාරයේ කිසිදු පදනමක් නොමැති සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අසත්‍ය පුවත් සමාජගත කිරීම හරහා ආණ්ඩුව උත්සාහ දරන්නේ මෙරටේ මාධ්‍ය නිදහස හා ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය උදෙසා පෙනී සිටින මාධ්‍ය සංවිධාන හා එහි ක්‍රියාකාරීකයන් විනාශ කිරීම සඳහා පසුබිම සකස් කිරීමක් බව සමාජයේ අවධානය උදෙසා දන්වනු කැමැත්තෙමු.

අදාල පුවතට අනුව ’’නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරය ටී.එන්.ඒ. සංවිධානය සමග සිදුකරන ඒකාබද්ධ කුමන්ත්‍රණයක් පිළිබඳව සඳහන් කරයි. එමෙන්ම ලබන මස 27 වන දින ආරම්භ වීමට නියමිත ජීනිවා මානව හිමිකම් කොමිසම ඉදිරියේ ලංකාවත්, මෙරට ආණ්ඩුවත් අපහසුතාවයට ලක්කිරීම සඳහා නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරයේ සාමාජිකයන් 6 දෙනෙක් ටී.එන්.ඒ. මන්ත්‍රීවරු පිරිසක් සමග මේ වනවිටත් ජිනිවා බලා පිටත්ව ගොස් ඇත’’.

දිනමිණ පුවත්පත දක්වන ආකාරයට නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරය කිසිදු කරුණක් අරභයා ටී.එන්.ඒ. සංවිධානය සමඟ කිසිදු සාකච්ඡාවක් හෝ වැඩපිළිවෙලක නිරතව නැත. එමෙන්ම නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරයේ කිසිදු සාමාජිකයෙක් ජීනිවා මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සලයේ රැස්වීමට සහභාගී වීම සඳහා මේ දිනවල ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් පිටත්ව ගොස් නොමැත.

ඒ අනුව දිනමිණ පුවත්පත තම ප්‍රධාන පුවතින් දක්වා ඇති පදනම් විරහිත බව හා බොරුවේ බරපතල බව තේරුම් ගත හැකි වන අතර හැකි නම් තම පුවතේ නිරවද්‍යභාවය තහවුරු කරන ලෙසට අප දිනමිණ කතුවරයාට සහ ලේක්හවුස් පාලනාධිකාරියට මෙයින් අභියෝග කරමු. දිනමිණ පුවත සත්‍යයක් බවට සාධක සහිතව ඔප්පු කිරීමට ඔවුන් සමත් වුවහොත් නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරය තම කටයුතු නවතා දමා සංවිධානය විසුරුවා හැරීමට කටයුතු කරන බවද දන්වනු කැමැත්තෙමු.

අදාල පුවතේ අසත්‍යභාවය පිළිබඳ අපගේ අභියෝගය එසේ වුවත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මාධ්‍ය නිදහස උදෙසා කටයුතු කිරීමේ දී ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී ප්‍රවාහය තුළ කටයුතු කරන ඕනෑම දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂයක් සමග හෝ බහුජන සංවිධානයක් සමග අත්වැල් බැඳ ගැනීමට නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරය අතීතයේ මෙන්ම වර්තමානයේදී ද මැලි නොවන අතර අවශ්‍ය වෙතොත් ජීනිවා මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සලය ඇතුළුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සාමාජිකත්වය දරන ඕනෑම ජාත්‍යන්තර සංවිධානයක් ඉදිරියේ කරුණු දැක්වීමට ද කිසිසේත්ම පසුබට නොවන බවද වැඩිදුරටත් අවධාරණය කරනු කැමැත්තෙමු.

රජයේ පාලනය යටතේ පවතින ලේක්හවුස් වැනි ආයතනයක ප්‍රමුඛ ප්‍රකාශණයක් වන දිනමිණ වැනි පුවත්පතක ප්‍රධාන පුවත ලෙස මේ ආකාරයේ අසත්‍ය හා පදනම් විරහිත කරුණු ඇතුලත් ප්‍රවෘත්තියක් පළ වීම අහඹුවක් හෝ අත්වැරදීමක් ලෙස අපි නොසලකන්නෙමු. රජයේ එකඟත්වය හා උනන්දු කිරීමක් නොමැතිව එවැන්නක් විය හැකියැයි විශ්වාස නොකරන අප ඔවුන් මේ ආකාරයේ අසත්‍ය මත සමාජ ගත කිරීම හරහා උත්සාහ දරන්නේ මාධ්‍ය නිදහස උදෙසා පෙනී සිටින සංවිධාන හා එහි ප්‍රමුඛ සාමාජිකයන් විනාශ කිරීම සඳහා ජන මනස සකස් කිරීම වන අතර පසුගිය කාලය තුළ ඝාතන කරන ලද හා කෲර ප්‍රහාරයන් එල්ල කරන ලද ජනමාධ්‍යවේදීන් හා ජනමාධ්‍ය ආයතන ඉලක්ක කර ගනිමින් ද ආණ්ඩුව මේ ආකාරයේ පූර්ව ප්‍රචාරක උපක්‍රමයන් අනුගමනය කර ඇති බවද මෙහිදී සිහිපත් කරනු කැමැත්තෙමු.

එබැවින් අප නැවත නැවතත් ලේක්හවුස් පාලනාධිකාරියට හා දිනමිණ කර්තෘවරයාට අභියෝග කරන්නේ එම පුවතේ සත්‍යතාවය තහවුරු කිරීම සඳහා සාධක සහිතව කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙසය. එසේ නොවන්නේ නම් නිදහස් මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරයෙන් සමාව අයදිමින් අදාල පුවත නිවැරදි කරන ලෙසය.

සුනිල් ජයසේකර
කැඳවුම්කරු,

හනා ඊබ්‍රහිම්
ලේකම්

(මේ එම පුවතයි)

Journalist assaulted by councilor

The reporter for ‘Mawbima’ at Katharagama Chaminda Alwis has been assaulted by the UPFA Member for Katharagama Pradeshiya Sabha Priyanthe Attanayake.

Mr. Alwis was assaulted by the UPFA Member at Passarayaya for publishing a report regarding a community center in the area.[16 January 2012]

LT

Sri Lanka’s woeful January way-points

For Sri Lankan journalists, January might be the cruelest month. In January 2011, Sonali Samarasinghe wrote about the death of her husband Lasantha Wickramatunga two years earlier on January 8, 2009. In January 2010 I reported in “Sri Lanka: A year later, still failing to fight media attacks” about the government’s inactivity in investigating Wickramatunga’s death one year on. That was a follow up to the February 2009 “Failure to Investigate,” in which CPJ had investigated his death and two other January attacks — one a bombing raid on an independent television station and the other — an attack similar to that on Wickramatunga, though not fatal — on Upali Tennakoon, the editor of a Sinhala newspaper.

Now, three years after Wickramatunga, the editor-in-chief of The Sunday Leader, was killed by eight men on four motorcycles who attacked him with metal and wooden poles after cutting off his car on a busy street near a police checkpoint and air force base in a suburb of Colombo, the court hearing periodic reports from police in the investigation has made no substantive movement toward bringing any of the perpetrators to justice.

Samarasinghe has released a wide-ranging indictment of the government’s inactivity and the continuing onslaught against independent media in Sri Lanka. The Free Media Movement released its statement Sunday. The Sunday Leader‘s remembrance, “Lasantha Was Murdered 3 Years Ago …Remembering Lasantha,” noted that “three years later and with over sixty dates in court, the Police have still not made any headway with the investigation.”

And coming up on January 24 is the second anniversary of the disappearance of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a cartoonist and pro-opposition journalist – another case that remains tied up in court hearings with no substantive movement. Eknelygoda’s wife and two sons have gotten no word from any official body of the Sri Lankan government, from the lowest police desk to the highest levels of the ministry of justice, about what happened to Eknelygoda.

In 2011, Sri Lanka ranked fourth worst in the world in terms of allowing murders of journalists to go unpunished, according to our global Impunity Index. As we noted in our report, “President Mahinda Rajapaksa has presided over a dark era of targeted media killings and complete law-enforcement failure in addressing the crimes. All nine journalist murders in the past decade have gone unsolved, leaving persistent questions as to whether authorities have been complicit in some of the crimes.”

The government has made public its report from the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, which has been rejected internationally as a whitewash of conduct in the decades-long conflict with secessionist Tamil movements, notably the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. As we noted in a November 15 blog, “Sri Lanka’s savage smokescreen,” “A March 2011 report by a panel of experts appointed by [UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon] called the LLRC ‘deeply flawed.’ It recommended that the government should end practices that limit freedom of movement and freedom of expression ‘or otherwise contribute to a climate of fear.’

The result of all this mayhem is that Sri Lanka’s independent media has been largely restrained, though voices still speak out on occasion. The government’s attempt to rewrite the history of one of the most brutal civil conflicts in modern times has been challenged, but not yet discredited, by any independent international body of any stature.

In that context, the January 2009 murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga and the January 2010 unexplained disappearance of Prageeth Eknelygoda are only two way-points along Sri Lanka’s route to abandonment of its international standing as a country with a rule of law. And, of course, a free press.

By Bob Dietz/CPJ Asia Program Coordinator

[Bob Dietz, coordinator of CPJ’s Asia Program, has reported across the continent for news outlets such as CNN and Asiaweek. He has led numerous CPJ missions, including ones to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. Follow him on Twitter @cpjasia and Facebook @ CPJ Asia Desk. ]

Stop post election media suppression;an open appeal – 5 media organisations

Press release

30 January 2010

We five major media organizations in the country express our deep concern over the increasing media suppression in post presidential election situation. The presidential election was marred by various threats to non state media and misuse of state controlled public media. In the post election period media situation is becoming serious day by day as clearly shown by development in last few days. We Five Media Organizations condemn theses suppressive measures in strongest terms and express our unconditional  solidarity with the media and journalists who are under attack.
Here are major incidents reported so far.

Lanakenews journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, disappeared on 24th  January night on his way home from the office. There has  been no news  on his whereabouts till now. Only answer police has given to the complaint made is that they are doing their investigations.

State controlled Sri Lanka Telicom blocked the www.lankaenews.com on the election day making it impossible for Sri Lankan citizens to visit the site . Lankaenews had been providing much needed space for opposition news and opinions. The Election Commissioner (EC) ordered Sri Lanka Telecom to lift the blockade as a response to the complaint made by its editor to EC. But soon after the final election result was  announced  by the EC, Sri Lanka Telecom re-imposed the ban, this time more strictly Meanwhile the editor and staff of the lankaenews continue to receive death threats on their phones. On 28th  January night unknown group surrounded the  lankaenews office located in Rajagiriaya, Boralla and stayed there nearly two hours inquiring about the staff. The vehicle they arrived had the number plate of 32-8432.
Further it has been reported that at least four more websites with critical content has been blocked by state as well as privately owned servers in Sri Lanka. Those are www.lankanewsweb.com, www.srilankagaurdian.org , www.infolanka.com, and www.nidahasa.com.
 On 28th  January morning   Ravi Abewikrama, a programme producer of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC) was assaulted by SLRC deputy transport manager G.D. Somapala at the office of SLRC Chairman Ariyarathana Atugala. Later Chairman Atugala, additional Director General Devappriya Abeysinghe threatened  programme producers Kanachana  Marasinghe, Herburt Kumara Alagiyawanna and Gamini Pushpakumara using abusive language. These media personal   are being targeted  for their  leading role in  advocating  the  compliance of Election Commissions media guide lines by the institution to ensure fair coverage for all sides.
On 28 January the leader of the  major opposition collation partner, the  Peoples Liberation Front (JVP) Somawansas Amarasinha told a press  conference that Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa calling on  his  mobile from Rajapaksa’s mobile threatened to set fire to Lanka newspaper which is a pro JVP Sinhala weekly .Later it was reported that unofficial ban on carrying this news item was imposed. Incidentally non of the TV news bulletins carried the news.

On the top of this it has been reported to our organizations that number of provincial correspondents have been threatened and intimidated over the issue of election reporting.

These incidents show clearly that media suppression is on the increase in post election period. These developments will hamper any informed discussion on the aftermaths of presidential election and the malpractices reported. The result will be the violation of people’s right to information. This in turn will seriously limit people’s ability to make informed judgments on political developments. We would like to reiterate that in the light of the parliamentary election due in few months time, it is all the more necessary to re establish our peoples right to information without delay by making the media environment free.

In this context, considering that the press freedom as the expression of people’s right to information and freedom of speech, we, the five media organizations in Sri Lanka earnestly urge   all democratic forces in the country, diplomatic corps in Sri Lanka, United Nations, International human rights, press freedom and journalists safety organizations  to use their good offices to ensure that government of Sri Lanka stop the media suppression and create a free and democratic post election environment.